Think of Spip as the information air traffic control of your GP practice, while services like DXS and Map of Medicine are the different airlines. Information used in GP practices comes from many different internal and external sources, and DXS/Map of Medicine are only one of these, and are generally outside the control of the practice.
Spip is practice-specific, focused on enabling a Clinician at the point of use to run a safe, effective and efficient consultation, or a Staff member referring to up-to-date information about practice processes. This encompasses far more than is contained in a local guideline.
For example, a local guideline may simply state “Arrange urgent ultrasound scan”. Enacting this seemingly simple instruction will actually involve the Clinician having access to lots of bits of information about how your practice works:
- How do I organise an urgent ultrasound in this practice?
- Do I just send a form or do I also have to phone radiology?
- Where are the referral forms?
- How does this practice handle urgent referrals?
- What’s this practice’s policy on informing the patient of the results?
- Is completely controlled by you and is centred around your practice rather than the CCG.
- Does not require an NHS smartcard, and is not integrated into the clinical system. So it can be accessed by any clinician from a smartphone or from home, during visits, and before visiting a practice for locum work for the first time - or any time!
- Uses a standardised format - all practice Spips have exactly the same structure - which is quick and easy to navigate, so you can direct Clinicians to key information about how your practice works and how you link up to local guidelines.